I’m sure throughout your high school career, the words “college is very different than high school” were uttered at some point or another. Whether you heard it because you were slacking on work and your parents were fed up with senioritis or because your guidance counselor was trying to teach you about college, it might not be as true as it seems. Sure, there are major differences between the two, but when it comes down to it, college and high school can be extremely similar. So what exactly are the biggest similarities and differences?
- Classes don’t really change– As you can imagine, the classes do get harder than they were in high school. But if you go into college expecting that, then it may not be as big of a shock for you. And yes, unfortunately homework is still around and it does come in a larger form. I know when I came to college, I was ready for lecture halls with hundreds of people. Sure, I did have some fairly large classes, but I was never overwhelmed by them. I came from a small high school of 400 students and I still had no problem adapting to a college with 5,800 students. So in the end, it’s still me, sitting at my desk, listening to the professor, and taking notes.
- Your friends will still be there for you– Just like your friends in high school, your college friends will be just as supportive and helpful to you. It might be hard to believe, but you actually may become closer with these people than you are with your friends from home in less time. Think about it this way, you live with these people, have classes with them, and hang out with them on the weekend. You’re going to meet people that you will be friends with for the rest of your life, which hopefully is similar to some of your best friends from high school.
- You’re still learning– When I say this, I don’t just mean that you’re learning more about your intended major, but also yourself. It sounds cliche, but college is a time for you to learn more about who you are as a person since you are more independent and you are still being educated. I know that I came into college thinking that I want to major in business, but I’ve had so many moments where I’ve considered changing my major. To this day, I still am not sure what I want to do with my life or what I want to major in, and that’s okay.
- People are still there to help you– Just because you’re more independent now doesn’t mean you have to be solo for every decision you make. I know my parents have still been there to help me along the way with choices as small as what bedding should I get to decisions as large as should I stick with this major. You also still have advisors to help you with school-related decisions and make sure you’re on the right track to success.
Sure, college allows you to have more freedom, more challenging courses, and a more diverse atmosphere, but it ultimately seems to be an extension of high school. I know that I certainly didn’t feel like I entered another world when I came to college, but the changes were subtle enough that I was able to appreciate them. So in the end, are high school and college that different after all? I’ll let you decide.